We Will Insist On The Rule Of Law In Nigeria – Vice President Osinbajo
Ensuring that no one is above the law is the first rule of any developed country, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said, adding that there is no reason why Nigeria also should not be well run like such countries.
Prof. Osinbajo spoke today while receiving the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW on a courtesy visit to his office.
According to him, “good economies are run by men not spirits. Men and women like you and I, flesh and blood. There is no reason why our country cannot be well run.” The key the VP noted, is the rule of law.
Said he: “We insist that the rule of the law be maintained, that no one is above the law. Nobody is above the law-it is the first rule, the President has committed himself to this. He said it yesterday again in the US, that nobody is above the law.”
Prof. Osinbajo added that “If somebody is held according to law, we must support that. Let us support what is good and right for the country
While commending the important role the road transporters play in the nation’s economy, the Vice President noted that the union is “one of the truly national organisations that Nigeria can boast of.”
He said the very important role the union plays cannot be ignored, observing that its members provide the “most accessible form of transportation for our people. Road transport is the way by which we all move.”
Prof Osinbajo then explained that it is because of the extremely strategic role of the road transporters’ union that its members also carry “a great deal of responsibility.”
According to the Vice President “your role comes with a great deal of responsibility and with tremendous opportunity.” He thanked the union for its role in complying with the law, and urged the members to continue upholding the law.
He explained that one of the things President Muhammadu Buhari has said consistently is that “our elites must understand that every privilege comes with responsibility, like maintaining the peace and stability of this nation. Without the peace, none of us can function.”
To this end, the Vice President restated the Buhari administration’s resolve to see the end of Boko Haram.
“I believe we would see the end of Boko Haram, because we hold ourselves responsible to ensure that the insurgency does not continue,” Prof Osinbajo declared. He urged NURTW members to remain vigilant, because “those who are being used for the attacks, the children, are conveyed from place to place.”
Continuing he said “these are children who don’t even know what they are doing. We can’t call them suicide bombers. They don’t know they are bombing themselves.”
The Vice President told the NURTW delegation that “we can educate our people, drivers, people involved in transportation, to spread the message that we have to be careful about carrying goods we can’t identify, and to report suspicious moves to the authorities.”
He disclosed that government will provide access to members of the union in order to pass on useful information, adding “we must defeat this wrong doing. And the only way to do so is for us all to work together.”
In his address on behalf of the NURTW at the courtesy visit, Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin, the president of the union, said the leaders came to “personally congratulate,” the president and the vice president on their “overwhelming and well-deserved victory.” He praised the Buhari presidency for “adopting various strategies aimed at addressing corruption and security challenges facing the country.
The NURTW leader added that the union has implicit confidence in the Buhari Presidency’s “ability to meet the challenges ahead, and transform Nigeria beyond our expectations.”